Sana’a, 21 June 2017: Targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Yemen continues during the holy month of Ramadan despite my repeated calls and the calls from the international community, including the UN Security Council, to all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights laws.
Sana’a, 24 May 2017
Cholera continues to spread at an unprecedented rate throughout Yemen affecting men, women, and children who have for more than two years withstood the consequences of a conflict that is collapsing institutions and social safety nets. With urgency I appeal to United Nations Members States for financial and political support to help avert what is sure to be an additional and devastating blow to Yemen.
Sana’a, 7 May 2017
Humanitarian funding is urgently needed to save lives across Yemen. With urgency, I call on Members States to fund the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. All commitments made during the pledging conference in Geneva need to materialize at once. While Yemen awaits for peace, humanitarian action is saving lives every day across the entire country.
Sana'a, 4 April 2017 - For over two years, the humanitarian community has been witness to the suffering inflicted upon the people of Yemen by parties to the conflict as they seek to destabilize the economy and cause social services to collapse.
Sana'a, 28 March 2017
Two years of relentless conflict in Yemen have devastated the lives of millions of people. An alarming 18.8 million of them- almost two thirds of the population- need some kind of humanitarian or protection support. This man-made disaster has been brutal on civilians. Some seven million women, children, and men could risk famine in 2017.
Sana'a, 16 February 2017
I am extremely saddened and appalled by the airstrikes that hit a funeral gathering of mostly women and children in a private residence in the Arhab District of Sana’a Governorate yesterday afternoon. Health authorities confirm six women and a girl killed and at least 15 other women injured; some gravely. Unfortunately, the number of dead could rise as the critically injured struggle to survive.
The humanitarian community in Yemen is shocked and outraged by today’s airstrikes which hit the community hall of Al-Sala Alkubra where thousands of mourners were taking part in a funeral ceremony. Initial reports from health officials in Sana’a indicate that over 140 people were killed and over 525 injured.
The Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, unequivocally condemns the horrific attack that took place in Sana'a today. He sends heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and wishes swift recovery of the injured.
Sana'a, 12 September 2016 –
Sources including media report that on September 10, on the eve of Eid Al Adha, 30 people were killed and 17 others wounded, including first responders and two children, as a result of several air strikes on a water well in Beit Saadan village of Arhab District, in the north of Sana’a Governorate. These events follow weeks of intensified air strikes and ground fighting across the country, including missile attacks from the direction of Yemen toward Saudi Arabia.
Sana'a, 29 August 2016 - The Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen is deeply concerned by the devastating impact that the recent upsurge in fighting is having on civilians in Yemen and along the southwestern border with Saudi Arabia.
Sana'a, 19 August 2016 – Every year on 19 August, the World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to the world’s aid workers who tirelessly provide life-saving aid and humanitarian assistance to people in need, often risking their own lives on the front lines of a conflict and in natural disasters.
It is a day to advocate for humanitarian action to ensure that aid workers can safely deliver assistance to those in need and demand action to alleviate the suffering of people caught in crises.
Sana'a, 12 August 2016 - The Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen is deeply alarmed by the intensification of violence across the country. Local media reports indicate that children and women are being killed and maimed, homes being destroyed, and a food factory and a market damaged or destroyed by both ground fighting and air strikes, particularly in Sana’a city and the Governorates of Sana’a, Sa’ada, Taizz, and Al Hudaydah.
Sana’a, 9 April 2016: I am encouraged by the prospect of a cessation of hostilities set to start on 10 April. If respected, the agreement will provide men, women and children in Yemen a much needed respite from the increased violence they have been facing, on a daily basis, for over a year now.
Large-scale relief operations are already under way in Yemen. During this period humanitarians will continue doing their best to deliver assistance to those in need and negotiate sustained access to hard-to-reach areas.
(Sana’a, 23 January 2016) I have just returned from Taizz and Ibb Governorates where I travelled with United Nations senior officials to meet with authorities and the armed groups, to see for my-self the humanitarian situation, and to discuss this and access issues with local authorities. As part of this mission, I also travelled to Taizz City to see firsthand the humanitarian situation there.
(Sana’a, 24 October 2015) The war in Yemen is taking a dreadful toll on civilian populations, either through the conduct of hostilities from the parties to conflict or the restrictions on commercial imports that have deprived institutions of critical supplies to provide basic services. Since escalation of conflict in March, some 2,577 civilians have been killed and a further 5,078 injured. Tattered basic services, including health services, provision of water and sanitation, are on the verge of collapse.
(Sana’a, 2 September 2015): I am deeply saddened by today’s shooting and killing of two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Amran Governorate. I share the grief of our colleagues at ICRC and extend heart-felt condolences on behalf of the Humanitarian Community to our friends at the ICRC and the families of those killed.
(Sana’a, 31 August 2015) The situation of the civilian population in the Governorate of Taizz is growing increasingly desperate. The city of Taiz has been turned into a battle-ground with people caught between frontlines. Civilians are subject to seemingly indiscriminate violence and other grave and systematic Human Rights violations perpetrated by all parties to the conflict. During the first five days of fighting, 65 people have died and over 400 have been injured, according to health facility records.
(Sana’a, 19 August 2015): I am extremely concerned by the deepening impact that the continued conflict in Yemen has on civilian populations. To date close to 4,500 people have been killed and a further 23,000 have been wounded, many of them civilians.